This French heirloom is a beautiful deep red, flat pumpkin with deep ridges that are the first to colour in the pumpkin patch. These are good for artistic carving, decorations, and winter meals. Rouge Vif d’Etampes translates as “bright red from Etampes.” Etampes is an ancient commune near Paris, and the fruits were said to be popular in Paris’ Central Market in the 1880s. Rouge Vif d’Etampes pumpkin seeds were first offered commercially in America by W. Atlee Burpee in 1883.
The Rouge Vif D’Etampe pumpkin is rumored to be the original inspiration for the carriage in the classic Disney film Cinderella. It has been said that animators used the variety in the studio as a muse and sketched multiple variations of the pumpkin before the final version of the carriage was created. After the release of the film, the Rouge Vif D’Etampe pumpkin earned a new name, the Cinderella pumpkin, and this is the name most commonly used in the United States today.